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McCarthy continues to embrace Trump as he charts course to lead Republicans

April 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a signing ceremony for H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, in the Oval Office of the White House on April 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. The bill includes an additional $321 billion for the Paycheck Protection Programs forgivable loans to cover payroll and other costs for small businesses. Hospitals and other health care providers will receive $75 billion and another $25 billion is allocated for COVID-19 testing. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/POOL/Getty Images)

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy continues to thread a precarious needle as he tries to balance all the factions of the Republican Party by simultaneously keeping close to former President Donald Trump while also rewriting the narrative of his role on both January 6 and the weeks leading up to the insurrection at the US Capitol.

(CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy continues to thread a precarious needle as he tries to balance all the factions of the Republican Party by simultaneously keeping close to former President Donald Trump while also rewriting the narrative of his role on both January 6 and the weeks leading up to the insurrection at the US Capitol.

"We voted not to certify two states" McCarthy told The New York Times, pushing back on the notion that he played a role in trying to overturn the election.

In March, when asked by CNN's Manu Raju why it was acceptable for him to support Trump's efforts to overturn the presidential election in Congress but to criticize Democrats for doing the same in a contested Iowa US House race, McCarthy rejected the notion that he was trying to overturn the election at all.

"You're saying something that is not true," the California Republican said when Raju stated that Trump had tried to overturn the election results in Congress and McCarthy supported that effort.

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